The Greatest Wee Country In The World?
Many of us woke up yesterday to the appalling news about a petrol bomb attack on the home of Peter Lawwell and his family. You don’t have to be a friend of his to be totally disgusted by such a cowardly assault on a man and his family in their own home.
I have little doubt that there will be morons in various places who took a great delight in the news when it broke. But they are frankly beneath contempt,and I won’t even give them airtime on here. Lawwell and his family have done nothing which justifies such an outrage being carried out against them-and while they slept,at that.
The criminals who are responsible for this are lucky indeed that they are not facing murder charges,that is how serious the attack was. The petrol bomb was hurled at a car on the driveway and parked next to the house. It duly exploded-as anyone with two brain cells could have figured out! This set the rest of the house up,and it took eight units from the Fire Brigade to deal with the resulting blaze.
Make no mistake,this was no minor matter. History is littered with the deaths of innocents caught in some form of feud,and whose death was caused by the use of accelerants on their house. Some of us will remember the deaths of six members of the Doyle family about forty years ago in the so-called Ice-Cream Wars.
Even worse,this is no isolated incident! There have been various reports over the last eighteen months or so of similar incidents in the same area. Even on James Mortimer,as an example,which definitely leads to the assumption that this is not personal against Lawwell but is more of a “turf war” between factions behind certain Glasgow/West of Scotland “businesses”.
That,of course,is purely speculative on my part. But I’m sure it is a train of thought which will be explored by Police Scotland. Not that I’m holding my breath for a breakthrough from them,not when the incidents have been happening for eighteen months now. You have to wonder what these guys get paid for,don’t you? It sure seems that doing their actual jobs is not in their job description!
But I’ll leave all that to Plod. There will be plenty of CCTV evidence from the area to inspect,just as there is from the events in Glasgow on Saturday. I hope they finally identify the criminals and charge them with attempted murder. But I think that we should be careful here not to fall for the squirrel that this was the action of football fans with a grudge against Lawwell. Whether that be fans of Celtic or Rangers,I seriously doubt that will be the case.
To be honest-and I hope I’m right-I think this is likely to be two smalltime thugs who were too thick to target the correct house in the dark. That is no consolation to Peter Lawwell and his family who have lost their home. Just as it is likely that having Police Scotland investigate events will be of no consolation either.
The first duty of every country is to protect its citizens. The Scottish Government could make a start by investigating the long term ineptitude of its police force.
Above article by BMCUWP